Shin-Soo Choo- OF- TEX- Idea- Choo has had a solid performance against RH pitching this season, with a slash line of .285/.384/.503 against them. He has slugged 14 homers in 302 ABs against them. That's the same number that Jesse Chavez has given up to LH hitting in 80.1 IP. Coincidence? Hmmmm. Look for Choo to have a big game. Value play- DraftKings salary $4500
James McCann- C- DET- Hot- McCann went 2-for-3 yesterday. It was the third consecutive game and 4th time in his last 5 games he has gotten multiple hits. His BABIP in his first season of significant major league playing time is .331. It's too soon to tell if that is going to be his own normal. It's very high for a catcher, but he was at .321 at AA in 2013 and .355 at AAA last season. How McCann finishes up this year can give an indication of his expected value for 2016.
Derek Holland- P- TEX- Cold- Holland was due for some regression to the mean, entering yesterday's start with a 2.37 and FIP of 4.13. After giving up 5 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks in 7 IP the gap narrowed. Holland's ERA is now at 3.13 and his FIP moved up slightly to 4.19. He did strike out 5 batters. Holland has tended to finish with his ERA and FIP close together so there may be more regression yet to come.
Felix Hernandez- P- SEA- Great Player- In every season since 2012, King Felix has had a brief stretch in the second half when his performance slipped. This year it was a span of 1 quality start in 5 outings from July 29-August 21. Hernandez has thrown quality three starts in the 3 times he has taken the mound since then. Yesterday he shut out the Rangers for 8 IP, allowing 3 this and walking 4 while striking out 8. Hernandez has only thrown 110 or more pitches 4 times this season so he is staying very economical. He is looking solid for the rest of this season and for 2016.
Daniel Coulombe- RP- OAK- Trade- Coulombe comes to the A's as more than a LOOGY. He has more IP than appearances in his minor league career. What makes him not a solid fantasy prospect are his control issues. At AAA Oklahoma City this season he had a BB/9 of 5.23 in 41.1 IP. He has only had a BB/9 of less than 4.15 at one stop since getting out of rookie ball. Coulombe may have been the Dodgers' #28 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com at the time he was designated for assignment Monday but that doesn't mean he will give a solid performance for Oakland.
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